With autumn quickly approaching, you might be wondering the best ways to celebrate the season locally (besides the obligatory pumpkin spice lattes, of course.) Here are just a few small fun activities you can add to your itinerary this fall.

Look out for seasonal treats.

If an apple fritter or pumpkin pie-filled donut sounds like just your thing, head to North Lime Donuts and Coffee. Graeter’s has its pumpkin ice cream come around every year, and there are more places to get your autumnal caffeine fix than just Starbucks like Third Street Stuff, Common Grounds, and Coffee Times. Just down the road in Georgetown is Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, serving up their famous apple cider (and equally famous apple cider donuts.) It’s hard to find a bakery that doesn’t have some kind of unique fall dessert, and with all of Lexington’s great digs, there’s something to be found for everyone.

Take a leaf-crunching walk around the city’s many parks.

Lexington is full of beautiful public parks, from Gratz Park just outside the Carnegie Center and Transylvania University to the University of Kentucky Arboretum. There’s nothing quite like taking the time to unwind and immerse yourself in all the oranges and yellows of fall foliage when the weather is at that just-right September to October temperature.

Go see Kentucky’s favorite (horseless) sport.

Both the women’s and men’s University of Kentucky basketball teams start their seasons in autumn, and it’s not hard to tell when it’s a home game night thanks to the city-wide excitement (and traffic.) Whether you watch on television with your friends or go to Memorial Coliseum or Rupp Arena in person, it’s hard not to get pulled into the energy and passion many Lexington inhabitants have for their local team regardless of if you’re a sports person or not. Of course, fall also brings about college football season, so you can cheer for the Cats on the field, too.

Get ready for Halloween with Lexington’s best spooky events.

While Covid-19 precautions may potentially affect what this year’s haunted houses and other gatherings look like, Lexington is still a great place to be around the most delightfully frightful holiday. October brings about numerous events like the Scarefest, Fright Nights Kentucky, and the Lexington Thriller and Halloween Parade. And if you’re looking for a uniquely central Kentucky candy to celebrate with, these Ale 8 suckers by the iconic Ruth Hunt candy company have you covered.